RADIO SOCIETY OF
UPDATED: 18th JANUARY, 2016
For information on Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda
licensing, please see below the Kenya details. These three countries,
with Kenya and Burundi form the East African Community and we hope the details
may be useful to potential visitors. Regretfully we have no recent
information on procedures in Burundi. The offices concerned are all
completely separate from each other for licensing purposes and must be
approached directly. Requirements may change without notice. We
have so far been unsuccessful in obtaining approval of reciprocal
interterritorial use of licenses for amateurs moving around within the
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS IN
The License Application Form can be downloaded from the CA website (www.ca.go.ke). It is also available from RSK by e-mail in .pdf format if downloading it from the CA site proves difficult, or by post. A new form and slightly different requirements (CA/F/FSM/02) is effective from mid-July, 2014.
SHORT TERM VISITORS
ALL VISITORS MUST BE AWARE THAT KENYA IS NOT A PARTY TO C.E.P.T OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR RECIPROCAL LICENSING ARRANGEMENTS, AND EVERY PERSON WISHING TO OPERATE AMATEUR RADIO IN KENYA MUST APPLY FOR AND OBTAIN A KENYA LICENSE BEFORE DOING SO. ARSK WILL BE GLAD TO HELP - E-MAIL US FROM THE INDEX PAGE.
1. The visitorís country must have diplomatic relations of some kind with Kenya, at any level
2. The applicant must hold a valid and
current license from the country of citizenship, equivalent to the
3. The completed application form must be submitted with the non-refundable application fee of K.Shs.1,000, photocopies of the license and passport, BOTH PHOTOCOPIES DULY CERTIFIED by a Commissioner for Oaths, Notary Public or equivalent, together with similarly certified English translations of documents where necessary.†† The sworn affidavit is NOT required from foreign visitors.
4. The license fee of K.Shs.2,000 is payable on issue. To avoid heavy charges it is usually better to pay these fees in one as K.Shs.3,000 - see below
5. The latest information we have from CAK is that visitors' licenses will only be issued for three months to cover the usual visa period, but that can be extended for three month periods up to a year without further costs, and all licenses expire on 30th June each year. The latest application form (November, 2012) shows a requirement for a visa, but this is presently being queried (and may have been dropped) as it has not been the case before and most visitors obtain their visas on arrival at the airport.† Applicants should show the dates of their intended arrival and departure.
1. Kenya citizens are required to submit a photocopy of the Pass Certificate of an acceptable RAE, or an acceptable, valid and current Full foreign license. The RSGB-administered IARE is the only available exam, which can be taken in Kenya twice a year under the supervision of RSK or another authorised examination centre. Non-citizen residents are required to submit a photocopy of a valid and current license issued by their own country of citizenship, and at present cannot obtain a Kenya license solely on the strength of a local IARE pass. Novice or "Above 30 MHz only" licenses will not be accepted for conversion.
2. A photocopy of the passport showing the
3.†† Instead of supporting documents being certified by a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public, all local applicants must submit a sworn affidavit in the form attached to the application form on the CAK website.
4. A Certificate of Good Conduct from the Kenya CID, or a similar document from their home country Police Force in the case of non-citizens, whose countries are also required to have diplomatic relations with Kenya.
5. Two local references who must be members of RSK
6. The completed application form must be submitted with the fee of K.Shs.1,000, photocopies of the license, passport and the affidavit with translations of documents where necessary
7. The fee of K.Shs.2,000 is payable on issue of the license. To avoid heavy bank charges it is best to pay these fees in one as K.Shs.3,000.
Types of License: Full licenses renewable
annually on 1st July are available to qualified
Applications should be sent to:-
Licensing, Compliance & Standards, CAK
P.O. Box 14448
CAK Exchange Tel: (+254 020) 4242000, Fax: (+254 020) 4242257. The officer concerned is Mr. Etiko (direct line +254 020 4242240) or his assistant Mrs. Lucy Kungu.
LICENSE FEES: The
Applicants sending US Dollars for payments should be aware that notes dated earlier than the year 2000 are often refused for local exchange, but if accepted are liable to a much reduced rate.
The CAK Accounts Telephone number is; (+254 020) 4242365, Fax: (+254 020) 4251866 or through the exchange (+254 020) 4242000.
Licenses are issued from the CAK offices near
Kabete on Waiyaki Way, the road from Westlands towards Naivasha, well
signposted, and well out of the City Centre with safe parking, opposite Kianda
CAK offices are open during normal office hours from Monday to Friday only. The Cash Office is open 9 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm only.
The RSK will give all possible advice and help to applicants but has no authority in the matter.
TANZANIA LICENSING INFORMATION (5H)
This information was originally obtained from
The address of the Tanzania Amateur Radio Club (TARC) is P.O. Box P.O. Box 2958, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, and the last known e-mail email@example.com . Tel: +255 (0) 22 2153200/215174 Ext. 252, Fax: +255 (0) 22 3152504.
The postal address is:-
The Director General
Telephone +255 22 2118947/52
Fax +255 22 2116664
TLX : 41858 COMCOM TZ.
The current be-mail address is not known.
TCRA requires the following for a visitor's licence:-
- An application form duly filled in.
You have to buy the application form directly from TCC for TSh 10 000 (1 USD is variable but
approx. TSh 1000), fill in the serially numbered application form and submit the form
with the Receipt for the TSh 10 000.
- An accompanying letter in which you ask for the licence. This letter
should also include information regarding the duration of your visit and where you
are planning to stay.
- copy of your passport
- copy of your licence
- letter(s) of recommendation e.g. from your Amateur Radio Club, from your Diplomatic Mission in Dar es Salaam, or an English translation of a Letter of Good Conduct.
- Technical specifications of your transceiver. The best thing is to copy the page with the technical specifications. You should also write the exact type of the radio.
Upon being granted the licence you have to pay another TSh 10,000 before you
will actually receive a call-sign and the licence.
or write to the Uganda Communications Commission in Kampala (UCC) and complete
an application form - provide evidence of your
overseas licence and make payment. You are then issued with a
receipt - at that point they will allocate a callsign and tell you that it is
OK to go on the air. This process is normally completed in less than a
Getting the actual licence document through can take about 5 working days.
The postal address of the UCC is:
Uganda Communications Commission
P.O. Box 7376
The application can be made by e mail. First step is to complete the application form (on their website) and submit it with copies of supporting documentation.†† The office will then advise whether all is in order. About one week later you will be advised whether a licence will be agreed.
Contact can be made with Gakwandi Eurald, ICT Spectrum Monitoring Officer, RURA, Tel:
+250 788 496 152.
Payment and collection of the licence should be done in-country (ie when you arrive).† First go to
RURA building to collect the invoice for payment.† That is then taken to the Government Bank (ten minutes walk).† The resultant receipt is then taken back to RURA where the licence will be handed over.† The normal power limit is 100 W.
(Thanks to Nick, G3RWF, for this information.)